News & Current Events: January - February, 2012
January -18th Donuts for Dad’s - We are proud to celebrate dad’s day on January 18th, Wednesday. All Dads’ are invited to participate in arts n crafts activities featured for Dad’s. There will be refreshments provided in each classroom. Dad’s can come anytime between 9:00 AM till 10:30 AM, some classrooms might be ready for the event early. Please look out for more information in Friday folders.
January-1st / 16th Candy bar fund raiser: We will begin the year with a great fundraiser that everyone from children to adults enjoys –Assortment of Candy bars. These are easy to distribute and raise funds by families. We already have pre orders of about 60 boxes, so make sure we are able to get your orders in time. You can order ahead of time for these boxes. These will make great friendly gifts for upcoming Valentine’s theme. This fundraiser is going to help Barrington management update Playground equipment for our children to bounce upon.
February 20th– 24th Pre-k winter break: Georgia Pre K is closed for this week for holiday. Barrington Academy is open all week. Please make sure you have signed up for the “Friendship Week”, in case you need care. We will be going for a field trip and following the themed curriculum for Friendship Week.
MDA Hop-A-Thon February 27th -29th: Two million volunteers are the driving force that enables MDA to accelerate its worldwide research program and provide diagnostic and follow-up care through 220 clinics nationwide. The program offers a week-long disability awareness lesson plan; hands-on activities for the children with books and a video; and other free educational materials. Barrington is always looking for ways to help its community and build lasting relationships.
Highlights for January / February
- Eye Care Month
- National Blood Donor Month
- National Braille Literacy Month
- National Hobby Month
- National Staying Healthy Month
- Ellis Island Anniversary: Ellis Island Opened On This Day In 1892.
- Le Jour De L'an : French New Year
- February Is American Heart Month
- February Is Black History Month
- February Is American History Month
- February Is Children's Dental Health Month
- February Is International Friendship Month
- February Is National Embroidery Month
Themes: for January
Topic: For the theme welcome winter we will be discussing seasonal changes that may occur during winter...
Books : “Snow People” “The Mitten” “The very big snow man”
Crafts: Make Shaving Cream Snowmen Make a Peanuts Snowman
Topic: The children will be able to taste multiple foods that are made and China and learn so much more about the country, its flag and special days…
Books: “My first Chinese new year”
Crafts: The children will make Chinese Paper Lanterns along with Plum Blossoms in representation of the Chinese New Year.
Topic: We will be talking about habitat and what the animals in the Arctic zones eat
Books: “Penguins” “Polar Bears” “without year”
Crafts: Polar Bear milk jug craft Walrus paper plate craft
“Ice and Snow”
Topic: We will conduct science projects consisting of turning liquids to solids , solids to liquid , melting ..
Books: “Penguins” “Polar Bears” “without year”
Crafts: Moose craft Polar dessert dish
Themes: for February
Topic: We will be talking about habitat, compare and contrast the difference between the dinosaurs
Books: “Dinosaurs” “When dinosaurs go to school” “Dinosaurs rock”
Crafts: Paper Finger, Giant dinosaur”, Dinosaur egg, Dinosaur hat, Dinosaur coloring books
Topic: We will talk about how to take care of our teeth.
Books: “Zack at the dentist” “Mosses loose tooth” , “My wobbly tooth must not ever ever fall out” , Joey goes to the Dentist
Crafts: Marshmallow teeth , Dentist hand puppets , Make tooth brushes, make icky teeth models
Cooking Club ---Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 3 cups milk
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate, grated
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 egg
- Put milk into a microwave-safe container and cook on High in microwave for 2 minutes. Mix in chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk an egg until smooth, then mix it into the chocolate mixture.
- Return to microwave and cook on High for 3 to 4 minutes or until foamy (be careful not to let it boil.) Whisk until smooth and pour into 3 mugs. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.
Servings per Recipe: 3
Amount Per Serving
- calories: 257cal
- total fat: 12.4g
- cholesterol: 90mg
- sodium: 143mg
- carbohydrates: 27g
- fiber: 1.5g
- protein: 11.6g
Preparation Time: 3 min.
Cooking Time: 10 min.
Ready In: 15 min.
Featured Craft --- Cereal box snow man
Celebrate winter! Warm up those imaginations with these cool winter crafts then relax
What you'll need:
- Empty cereal box
- Zipper sandwich bag
- Rice, dry beans, pebbles, pennies, etc (for weight)
- Acrylic gesso (recommended: Liquid Basics Gesso)
- White, black & yellow acrylic paint
- 2 foam cups (coffee size)
- Construction paper: yellow, orange, light blue
- Pink crayon or colored pencil
- Black marker
- Glue stick
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Fill sandwich bag with rice, pennies, dry beans, or anything else you like that will give your box some weight. Seal the baggie and place it inside the box. Tape the top of the box closed.
- Paint the entire box with gesso and let dry. Paint entire box with white paint and let dry.
- While box is drying, cut slits in the side of each of the foam cups. Cut the slits to about an inch and a half from the bottom of the cup. Bend each flap to snap off the sides of the cup. Use scissors to trim the rest of the cup evenly.
- Paint the bottom and sides of the cups (ear muffs) with yellow paint and let dry..
- Cut a one inch wide strip of construction paper, the full length of the sheet (about 11"). Center the strip across the top of the cereal box and glue in place. There should be a couple of inches that hang over each side. Glue those down on the sides of the box. This will be your ear muff headband.
- Cut a triangle from orange construction paper for the "carrot nose." Glue the nose to the front of the box.
- Cut three 1-inch wide strips of light blue construction paper. Glue all three together, end to end.
- You should now have one long strip. Use scissors to fringe both ends, this will be your scarf. Glue the scarf around the bottom of the cereal box so that both ends are to the right.
- Dip your finger in black paint and dot on an eye. Move your finger in a circular motion to make the black circle larger. Repeat for other eye and the dotted mouth.
- Use a black marker to add eyebrows and a pink crayon to add cheeks.
- Use white craft glue to attach the yellow cups to the sides of the cereal box, lining up with the ends of the yellow construction paper strip.
- Gesso is a craft medium that is available at your local craft store in the art department. Gesso provides a surface that paint adheres well to.
- Alternatively, children can use a black marker to add eyes and a mouth instead of the paint.
- Instead of a cereal box you can use a cracker or granola bar box.
Seasonal Flu Shot - Who should get a seasonal flu shot?
Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.